|David Agus:Disease data|
David Agus envisions a new era of preventative medicine based on hard data about what really ails us, and that employs research, genetics and health care designed to stave off disease before it starts. "I want doctors to be more like weather forecasters and not biologists."
Keywords: Health; Medicine; PopTech; 2012
|Miriah Meyer: Seeing data|
Miriah Meyer explains how data visualization can be more concise, practical and scientifically useful, and still be aesthetically pleasing. "In data visualization, what we really need to do is move beyond thinking that visualization is just about pretty pictures."
Keywords: big data; PopTech 2013; Science Fellows 2013
|Christina Agapakis: Toe cheese|
Microbiologist Christina Agapakis shows how she makes cheese from bacteria collected from the human body. Armpits. Mouths. Between toes. "I'm really excited about things that sometimes are a little bit gross, a little bit disgusting."
Keywords: Biology; PopTech 2013; Science; Science Fellows 2013
|Ellen Langer: Mindfulness over matter|
Harvard psychology professor Ellen Langer discusses the surprising power of being present during everyday activities. "We have many, many studies that suggest that the limits we assume are real are artificial, and that we don't have to accept them at all."
Keywords: mind; PopTech 2013; psychology
|Eric Klinenberg: Living single|
Sociologist Eric Klinenberg discusses how a dramatic increase in living single is the biggest unnamed modern social trend and he deconstructs old myths about what that might mean. "Is there anything more innovative than changing the entire way in which we organize ourselves and our households?"
Keywords: PopTech 2013; youth
|Olivia Chaney: Harmonic lyricism|
Check out a performance at PopTech 2013 by singer, songwriter and performer Olivia Chaney, complete with Indian harmonium.
Keywords: Music; PopTech 2013; Folk
|Jessica Richman: Citizen science|
Jessica Richman shares the importance of crowdsourcing scientific research, such as to explore the human microbiome. "Citizen science is the process of involving the public in science, and it is desperately needed."
Keywords: crowdsourcing; PopTech 2013; Science; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Anushka Ratnayake: Farm savings|
Learn how Anushka Ratnayake is using mobile technology to help poor farmers easily save money for seed and fertilizer. "We create agricultural layaway plans to help farmers use their money efficiently."
Keywords: agriculture; finance; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Anab Jain: Designing the future|
Anab Jain talks about design in a future world of insect cyborgs, mass surveillance, DNA monetization and guerilla infrastructure. "This sort of speculative work explores the remarkable potential of technology and its new experiential aesthetics."
Keywords: Design; PopTech 2013; Technology
|Adam Magyar: Photos of time|
Adam Magyar talks about using industrial cameras and computers to photograph and process urban images that capture a moment of time and then visually expand it. He calls it the "transformation of reality by the camera."
Keywords: Art; photography; PopTech 2013
|Scott Barry Kaufman: Creative brains|
Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman unravels some of creativity's mysterious origins with the help of brain scanning equipment. "Depending on what you are creating - the stimulus, the content - and what stage of the creative process you are in, different brain areas are recruited to help solve the task."
Keywords: brain; creativity; PopTech 2013; psychology
|Charlie Todd: Improv invite|
Charlie Todd shares his hilarious improvisational projects that invite random New Yorkers to participate, like conducting an orchestra on a city sidewalk. "This is about me giving other people opportunities to express themselves."
Keywords: PopTech 2013; Theater
|Jason Hong: Smarter phones|
Jason Hong shares his work on the leading edge of the balance between the next wave of mobile phone technologies and privacy concerns. "In the near future, our smart phones will know everything about us."
Keywords: Mobile; PopTech 2013; Privacy; Science Fellows 2013
|Nathaniel Raymond: Data rights|
Watch Nathaniel Raymond argue passionately that information during a disaster should be protected under international law and human rights standards just like food, water, medicine and shelter. "Our technical innovation has superseded our moral and ethical innovation."
Keywords: Human Rights; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Prabhjot Singh: Mobile health|
Prabhjot Singh has scaled up networks of front-line health workers across sub-Saharan Africa. He discusses his work bringing this health care model to Harlem to "train people in their communities to take an active part in their health care outside the walls of a hospital or clinic."
Keywords: Health; PopTech 2013; Science Fellows 2013
|Alex Hornstein: Power for people|
Alex Hornstein says that simple systems that use mostly existing infrastructure can power rural homes that lack electricity. "What I'm interested in is how to reach people."
Keywords: Energy; Innovation; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Emily Jacobi: Digitizing democracy|
Emily Jacobi describes how her group, Digital Democracy, is using technology to improve local social and environmental projects, like assisting local efforts to document oil spills in Peru. "What are the possibilities of new technology to transform situations for some of the world's most marginalized groups?"
Keywords: Activism; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Duygu Kuzum: Brain computing|
Duygu Kuzum shows how she is using her skills as an electrical engineer to make computers operate more like the human brain. "My transition from electronics to the brain has not been an easy one."
Keywords: brain; Science Fellows 2013
|Nicole Stubbs: Lending data|
Learn how Nicole Stubbs is reducing lending and borrowing costs across the developing world through cloud technology by aggregating big data and producing recommendations about products and loan sizes. "How do you build real economic security in a cash economy?"
Keywords: big data; finance; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Esther Wang: Measure impact|
Esther Wang shares techniques for identifying whether billions of dollars in social interventions actually do measurable good. "Measuring impact is a challenge, but it is also critical and billions of lives depend on it."
Keywords: philanthropy; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Kevin Slavin: Debunking luck|
Pioneering gamer Kevin Slavin takes the PopTech audience on a colorful tour of the history of luck in America, games of chance, gambling and mathematical formulas. "That's amazing, the idea that anything that seems to be built out of chance or instinct or luck can yield to a computational assault."
Keywords: Games; PopTech 2013
|Fiery Cushman: Studying harm|
Fiery Cushman discusses his experiments designed to understand ethical behavior, such as what prevents humans from harming one another. "Part of our aversion to harm is really just an aversion to the physical action."
Keywords: PopTech 2013; psychology; Science Fellows 2013
|Jonathan Wilker: Nature's glue|
Jonathan Wilker shows how adhesives derived from animals, like barnacles, might one day be used in medicine. "Wouldn't it be better if we could just glue you back together? Wouldn't it be cool if we could take sutures and put them out of business?"
Keywords: PopTech 2013; Science Fellows 2013
|Dan Schulman: Financial inclusion|
Dan Schulman explains how technology can help bring in 2.5 billion people from the margins of the world's financial systems. "Digital wallets are really morphing into full-service money management and movement systems."
Keywords: finance; PopTech 2013
|Lisa Servon: Better banking|
Lisa Servon explains how working in a check-cashing facility in the Bronx informed her efforts to improve financial services for poor Americans. "Poor people know best what they need. It is not the policy makers and the researchers."
Keywords: finance; PopTech 2013; Poverty
|Shantell Martin's art evolution|
Breakthrough artist Shantell Martin invites viewers on a tour of her unique, flowing, ever-evolving style, expressed lately through just a simple black pen. "I don't know where the pen is going. The pen is going and I am just following."
Keywords: Art; PopTech 2013
|Raj Panjabi and Josh Nesbit: Making an impact|
Learn why a collaborative project between Josh Nesbit and Raj Panjabi is the first to receive support from PopTech's Impact Fund. Their plan has the potential to dramatically improve the delivery of health care at remote locations by providing community health care workers with virtual access to medical expertise and coordinating capabilities.
Keywords: Health; Impact Fund; Mobile; PopTech 2013
|David Robertson: Creative constraint|
David Robertson uses LEGO's tumultuous business history to describe the delicate balance between creativity and constraints. "By putting focus and direction around innovation, that is how you turn sparks of brilliance into profitable innovation."
Keywords: Business; creativity; Innovation; PopTech 2014
|Jan-Emmanuel De Neve: Tax incentives|
Jan-Emmanuel De Neve shares some data that suggest some interesting ways to incentivize people to pay their taxes. "If we can make the tax form slightly less frustrating and perhaps raise compliance, we can do a lot of good."
Keywords: finance; PopTech 2013; Science Fellows 2013
|Lisa Aziz-Zadeh: Brain and body|
Lisa Aziz-Zadeh explores the complex relationship between emotions, physical movement and brain activity. "Our bodies are the frames that our brain uses to understand other people."
Keywords: brain; PopTech 2013; Science Fellows 2013
|Donnel Baird: Energy financing|
Donnel Baird explains his online platform that connects investors concerned about climate change with inner city solar and energy efficiency projects. "We create jobs, energy savings, carbon emission reductions, financial returns for our investors."
Keywords: Climate; Energy; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Helen Marriage: Art interventions|
Helen Marriage shows how to create breathtaking, city-wide art installations in places like downtown London. "These life-changing moments, the joy that you see on the faces of these audiences, that is not a frivolity."
Keywords: Art; PopTech 2013; Urbanism
|Reichert and Robertson: First in flight|
Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson show how they designed and built a sprawling flying machine that was the first human-powered helicopter to fly an award-winning 3 meters high for 60 seconds. "Impossible is nothing," says Robertson.
Keywords: Design; engineering; PopTech 2013
|Julia Watson: Sacred places|
Julia Watson explains why it is so important to preserve environmentally sensitive sites and ecosystems around the world while considering the interests and participation of local inhabitants. "I am an architect and I am interested in preserving these sacred places."
Keywords: Architecture; Environment; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
Watch and listen as the band Hem brings its soft, eclectic Americana sound to PopTech.
Keywords: Music; PopTech 2013
|Jim Olson: Tumor paint|
Jim Olson invented a potentially revolutionary "tumor paint" that locates and lights up tumor cells to show surgeons exactly what to excise. "In a few years, surgeons will have a hard time going back to surgery as they did it in the past."
Keywords: Medicine; PopTech 2013
|Nick Martin: Learn online|
Listen to Nick Martin describe his unique, interactive model for online training for social change. "In the field of international development, so many people need new skills."
Keywords: Education, PopTech 2013, Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Zach Lieberman: Creative teaching|
Zach Lieberman talks about teaching creativity in the information age at his School for Poetic Computation. "We are not sitting in front of a screen. We are trying to create a space for reimagining what is possible."
Keywords: creativity; Education; PopTech 2013
|Carmel Majidi: Soft robots|
Carmel Majidi discusses how the robots of the future will be pliable and soft to accommodate the characteristics of the human body. "We really need to reexamine the types of materials that we use in robotics."
Keywords: PopTech 2013; Robotics; Science Fellows 2013
|Erik Hersman: BRCK breakthrough|
Erik Hersman shows off the BRCK, a way to connect to the Internet that is physically robust, able to connect to multiple networks, a hub for all local devices and has enough backup power to survive a blackout. "The great challenge of our time is to connect people and information."
Keywords: Design; Internet; PopTech 2013
|Joe Palca with science pioneers|
Watch NPR's Joe Palca interview cancer researcher Jim Olson, materials engineer Jonathan Wilker and pioneering gamer Kevin Slavin.
Keywords: PopTech 2013; Science
|David Eagleman: Brain over mind? - PopTech|
David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His areas of research include time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system. He is a pioneer on the power of the unconscious brain. "Are we free to choose how we act? Is the mind equal to the brain?"
|Burnham & Jonsson: Freeing Internet innovation - PopTech|
Brad Burnham is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures. Ari Jonsson is the rector of Reykjavik University, Iceland's leading university in technology, business and law. They discuss the creation in Iceland of an ideal policy framework for innovation on the Internet.
|Asenath Andrews: The school for self reliance - PopTech|
Asenath Andrews founded the Catherine Ferguson Academy, an alternative public high school in Detroit for teen mothers that also provides early education services for their children. The school blends an innovative curriculum with urban farming and a healthy dose of high expectations. "If I expect that you are going to have a future, then you expect it."
|Young Guru: Capitalizing on "free" - PopTech|
Revered as "The Sound of New York," Young Guru has mixed 10 of Jay-Z's albums and officially became Jay-Z's tour D.J. in 2010. He is also a leader in adapting to a challenging music business. "It is always vibe over money."
|Adrian Anantawan: Accessible music - PopTech|
Born without a right hand, Adrian Anantawan began the violin at nine and has since established himself as a rising star in classical music. He helped to create the Virtual Chamber Music Initiative at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre -- a cross-collaborative project that develops adaptive musical instruments for use by young persons with disabilities within a chamber music setting.
|Young Guru borrows a beat - PopTech|
Revered as "The Sound of New York," Young Guru has mixed 10 of Jay-Z's albums and officially became Jay-Z's tour D.J. in 2010. Watch him borrow a beat from Al Green to show the fine line between art and piracy.
|Sandro Galea: Rebounding after trauma - PopTech|
Sandro Galea is a doctor and epidemiologist who has researched the role of traumatic events in shaping population health; particularly the health of urban populations. "Ninety percent of people in this country will have a traumatic event in their lifetime."
|Moran Cerf: Hacking the brain - PopTech|
Moran Cerf is a neuroscientist who has shown how to project patients' thoughts onto a screen in front of their eyes by implanting electrodes deep inside their brains and reading the activity of cells. Oh, and he used to rob banks. "There are at least two people inside our mind."
|Amanda Ripley: Ask the kids - PopTech|
Amanda Ripley is an investigative journalist who writes about human behavior and public policy. For Time Magazine and the Atlantic, she has chronicled the stories of American kids and teachers alongside groundbreaking new research into education reform. "Kids have strong opinions about school. We forget as adults how much time they sit there contemplating their situation."